Meds vacation?

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Meds vacation?
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Fri, 05-30-2003 - 5:19pm
I am giving a lot of thought to taking Liam off his ritalin for the summer and seeing what happens. He will have camp next week w/the Inlaws (whole family going for the week to visit). They think we just give him that crap from the health food store that did nothing at all for him, so I have totally decided to stop while we are there. (Unless DH makes me). DH definitely likes our son better on his meds. But when we get home he will go to see his reading teacher three days a week so I am not sure if I should keep him off then or not. Also, last month we tried strattera for a couple weeks and it did nothing for him, except turn him into a total zombie when he was on both strattera and Ritalin (or worse). But my neuropsy thinks I didn't give the strattera enough time. So I am having dual thoughts of no meds verses just strattera. I want him to enjoy his vacation, but at the same time I'd love to see what he is like off meds. Has anyone else thought of this or done this? Thanks Sio
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In reply to: sio64
Sat, 05-31-2003 - 8:56am
I'm thinking the same thing at this time. Kevin did well on Concerta for a long time, but it sort of lost it's effectiveness about January, at which time we started "the changes" ... put him on Strattera, increased and increased that 'til he was on 60 mg daily, then added some Concerta, that didn't work so we switched to Ritalin LA along with the Strattera, no effect at all that we saw, so we've weaned him off Strattera. Now, he's on Ritalin LA in the a.m. with a small dose of Focalin in the afternoon. Trying to get through the school year, then making a choice for the summer ... which may mean a try on NOTHING! He'll be in day camp for most of June-July, with 1 week of sleep-away first week of August. He'll be in structured environments (close to home until August.) I thought of taking a leave of absence over the summer to stay home and monitor this, but I think that he would actually be better IN structured environments where he tends to behave better than he does at home. We have an appt with the doc the last day of school so we can debate this further and make a decision. Right now, though, I'm not seeing a lot of benefits of his meds ... although I'm sure when he goes off them we'll see the 'benefits' ... but I think it's worth a try, at least to see. Maybe if we see him OFF, we'll understand that he really does better on them. Maybe not.

Nancy

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In reply to: sio64
Sat, 05-31-2003 - 10:14am
We were relatively new to the medication world last year, and since the problems were mainly with focusing for learning and not overall behavior, we only used the medication last summer when we were in a learning situation or needed focus. Like at Cub Day CAmp when he was shooting BB guns and bows & arrows. Or for swimming lessons.

That being said, I was never so glad for a summer to be over in my life. I was with my kids 24/7, and while I love them dearly, there were times when I was ready to pull my hair out - and theirs. This summer, I may not give meds every day, but I will be less restrictive about when he does have them.

Good luck with your decision.

Karen

 


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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: sio64
Sat, 05-31-2003 - 10:15am
There has been much debate over med vacations. If your son/or you is truly unhappy with the medication then maybe this would be the time to stop and start over. If the medication is working well then (this is only my opinion) stopping the meds would be illogical.

Kids with ADHD will always be ADHD and would he not have more fun if he could concentrate on his summer activities without getting distracted.

I know some people who do this every year and swear by it so as I said this is only my opinion, I have never stopped meds because my son was not in a structured environment. Only because they were not working.

Elspeth

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: sio64
Sat, 05-31-2003 - 10:31am
my son isn't on meds. we were about to go the med route, when the doctor suggested waiting till he was in school next year. (only three weeks left of school this year), and he said that "most" kids come off for the summer months.

I don't have any real experience with meds, just what I've gotten from this board, and what my doctor has told me about them.

good luck

sara

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Registered: 04-02-2003
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Sat, 05-31-2003 - 2:35pm
Hi,

My son is 14 now and he has been off meds a few times but he usually ends up not having any friends around because of the way he acts up. Even family members ask idf he is on meds as they notice a difference to.

Nadine